The thermal power plant being set up by Hinduja National Power Corporation Limited (HNPCL) has not only violated the norms laid down by the state government but also failed to adequately compensate, rehabilitate and employ the farmers of 26 villages in five panchayats under the Pendurthy Assembly constituency, district YRSCP leaders alleged.
Speaking to media persons on Monday, YSRCP district president Gudiwada Amarnath accused the state government of not taking action against the HNPCL management for violating the norms.
“HNPCL had recently roped in a private agency to conduct written tests for technical posts without informing the affected people,” he alleged and demanded that the government take action against the company.
Pointing out that state government and HNPCL management are to hold a discussion on April 30 and May 1 regarding the purchase of power generated by HNPCL, he demanded that both the parties provide clarifications on GO MS No 561 that was issued after the state’s public accounts committee (PAC) objected to the HNPCL management’s attitude towards the project affected people in 2012.
He said the government allotted 1,122 acres to HNPCL at the Palavasala and Devada village surroundings, a majority of which is Waqf land.
“The farmers have been cultivating cashew in this land. However, the state government allotted the land at a cheaper price to the company expecting the state to benefit,” he alleged.
As per the initial agreement, 100% of the power generated by HNPCL was to be given to the state. However, the agreement lapsed in 2001 and the new agreement that was signed in 2007 stated that only 25% would be given to the state at the rate offered by NTPC-Simhadri extension project stage II and the state government would have to participate in bids for receiving the remaining 75% power.
The YSRCP leader said a public hearing was held in 1992 but construction did not start till 2011 and demanded that the government conduct a public hearing for the project now, failing which YSRCP would launch an agitation.
The government and HNPCL management are to hold a discussion on April 30 and May 1 regarding the purchase of power to be generated by the project.